Before you start reading, I just want to let you know that I'm writing this post without an idea of what it's going to be about. It sounds ridiculous but how do I start expressing my thoughts about this blog turning two today?! I honestly don't know how I have gotten this far with blogging but I'm aware that there have been backlogs the entire time. I wasn't able to write all the stuff I wanted to write etc. But the blog kept going, and more than that, YOU kept reading.
When I turned 18, the first thing I had in mind was to start my own blog. Even if I had no idea how to run it, all I know is that I'm suddenly on Weebly writing my very first post: How to Make Everyday a Fashion Show — which was a bit lame as I really didn't think about using the perfect words or creating an effective content. All I did was to put my thoughts out there and then it was followed up by a couple more blog posts until I got the hang of it. I changed my theme many times, thought of creating a logo, a slogan and obviously read tons of blogs out there. I then made separate social media accounts/ pages for the sole purpose of sharing my blog's content. I joined Twitter chats and hence I was given the chance to interact with other bloggers too.
There were many things that worked in my two years of blogging although I'll be honest, there were many things that didn't work too. Part of the positive side would be that I was able to contribute articles on different websites and interview random people. Random people who have made an impact in my life already. If you haven't read my interviews yet, now is the time to do so. Click here. The negative part of my two years in blogging would be the fact that I had so many pauses in between. Though I wanted to be consistent, the internet would just fail me. Like for example when this blog turned one, no matter how much I wanted to write a blogiversary post, I couldn't do it because we lost internet connection at that time. Otherwise, I would just feel procrastination hitting me hard and I simply would stop blogging— for months.
When I started blogging, all I wanted to do was to share my thoughts and work my way with words. Little did I know that the entire ride would be more than just expressing my thoughts and learning to write. It has truly given me a whole new view of the world I live in and hey, there were people who had the same interests as me too! That being said, I wanted to share with you the things that blogging has taught me that I was able to incorporate in my personal life as well. Something I would like you all to also learn from.
Without further ado, here they are:
1) IF YOU GOTTA DO SOMETHING, DO IT
—You may have already heard this but believe me when I tell you that it's absolutely helpful and true. So here's a short cycle of my writing process: When a consistent idea comes to mind, I formulate the words and write the main thoughts in bullet points. When I find the time, I create a rough draft on my phone or laptop, proofread, do a little editing and finally post it. However, when I'm feeling lazy, no matter how ready my words are, I find myself unfortunately throwing it in my mental recycle bin that I forget all about it the next day. What I learned here is that when you think you should do something, do it right away. Now is always the perfect time — not tomorrow.
2) IF NO ONE BELIEVES IN YOU, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
I'm a firm believer that the worst critics to ourselves are none other than ourselves. But, let's not go too far from the fact that we are also capable of believing in ourselves when no one else does. Growing up, I have dealt with a lot of self esteem issues that all I had at those times (even now) was myself....and Jesus. Because I thought no one believed in me, I tried to save myself from the impression of pleasing people I can't please. Don't get me wrong, I'm not at all imposing self-centeredness. It's just a change of perspective. Before you even think of writing for others, why don't you write for yourself? Instead of dressing up for others, dress for yourself. If no one wants to hear you sing, forget the tunes and sing for yourself. The worst critic of you, is you.
3) WORK WITH WHAT'S AVAILABLE
Another thing you've probably heard all your life. Like when our moms tell us to eat whatever is on the table without asking for more. In the first year of my blogging, I was using an old Windows XP Computer that somehow gave me a hard time as it didn't have Microsoft Office installed on it— which all the more gave me problems especially when I had to pass a piece of writing to websites I was writing for. Because of that, Google DOcs became my best friend. A year later, someone offered to trade in an excellent Lenovo Business Laptop to my dad in exchange of one of his bicycles. That changed my life forever! I was able to do things without the computer freezing. As of now, I don't have a brilliant camera for taking pictures so what I do is either ask my friend who has a good camera to take pictures for me or I use my old camera. As long as I capture photos in good lighting and do some editing afterwards, voila! I'm good to go. You see, it doesn't matter whether you don't have the exact software or gadget you need (except if you're a pro or something) to come up with a good- to -go post. What matters is the experience you have with you that the world can't wait to read about.
4) FORGET THE RULES! (SOMETIMES)
If I stick by the rules of writing, I'll be honest to say that I'm a terrible writer. No joke! But when I just write about what's in my heart and what I think people should know, I'm positive that I've written good enough. This is a reminder that we should all explore and try new things which leads us to the last point down below.
5) TRY NEW THINGS
Last but not the least, one of the best experiences I had with blogging is when I got to interview people. It surely was new to me and I absolutely didn't have a clue how interviews worked. I just followed my instinct and experimented on contacting people and after receiving replies, to follow up until the interview is live. So to you reading this, don't be afraid to try something new. You might even want to try blogging. Why not? You can create an account on WordPress, Weebly, Wix and a lot more. You can have your own domain or if you're someone like me who's not only short but zero on funds, then a subdomain will work — which is not bad at all. Just try it!
There you have it! Thank you so very much for reading what I write. It seriously means a lot to me. The whole two years may have been some kind of a roller-coaster ride not only for this blog but for my life as well, but at least we came out of 2016, alive and kicking! I may not have reached all my blogging goals the past two years (do I have one?) but I'm thankful for what God is blessing me with. It's more than enough!
Congratulations to you for reading this far. This post is a little long as I started writing from 7 this morning and ended by 9. If you didn't finish reading, ha! You surely missed this special part where I'll just put a list of all the blogs I would like for y'all to read.
John's Road to Volunteering
This Stuff is Golden
The Strong and the Free
and my sister's blog: Kristina Grace
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